Signal Space Cognitive Cooperation
In this work, a new transmission scheme, signal space cognitive cooperation, is introduced by applying the idea of signal space diversity in an underlay spectrum sharing decode-and-forward multi-relay cooperative network. In the proposed structure, the secondary source signal is rotated by a certain angle and then the source and the secondary best relay transmit the in-phase and the quadrature components of the rotated signal. As a consequence, two source signals, rather than one, are transmitted in two-time slots which improves data rates considerably, compared to the conventional cognitive cooperative schemes. In this work, proactive relaying mode is used in which the best relay is selected based on the max-min selection criterion before executing the transmission. Considering both statistical and the instantaneous channel state information of the feedback channel between the primary receiver and the secondary network, two power allocation methods are adopted at the source. For both methods, closed-form expressions of error probability are derived. Moreover, asymptotic analysis is performed and diversity gain is obtained to provide further insights about the system performance. Finally, analytical expressions are verified by Monte-Carlo simulations.
Several promising technologies have been developed to enhance the overall performance of wireless systems. Among these technologies, cognitive radio (CR) and cooperative communications have recently been considered as two of the most important contributions to the progress in wireless systems . In CR networks, spectrum-sharing paradigm is proposed to enhance the overall spectrum efficiency. In particular, in the common underlay model, the secondary system is allowed to share the spectrum with the primary system subject to certain interference constraints . On the other hand, cooperative technology is introduced to improve the reliability, network coverage, and spectral efficiency for the future wireless communication systems (see  and references therein). Thereby, it has been adopted by several recent standards, such as the 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) , and it is expected to be among the key enabling technologies in the upcoming 5G standards
The major drawback of cooperative communication networks is the need for orthogonal time/frequency slots to transmit data in the broadcasting and relaying phases of the relay-aided systems due to half duplex transmission. This reduces the overall system spectral efficiency and limits the achievable throughput. Hence, the goal of this work is to enhance the overall spectral efficiency by adopting signal space diversity (SSD) in cooperative CR systems. In SSD, constellation signals are rotated by a certain phase before the transmission. This rotation maps the original symbols to a new rotated in-phase () and quadrature () components of the constellation signal. Then, an interleaver is used to provide independent channel fading coefficients of the and components. Hence, spectral efficiency can be enhanced without any extra complexity .
In the literature, SSD is adopted in cooperative systems in - and the references therein. In , a single-relay cooperative system is considered, where the source and the relay cooperate to send the complete message information to the destination. The performance analysis of the SSD cooperative system shows that it outperforms other cooperative schemes, such as distributed turbo-coded cooperative schemes and transmodulated structures . In , SSD is employed on a multi-relay decode-and-forward (DF) relaying system where error and outage probabilities are obtained for reactive and proactive relaying modes. Moreover, in , the idea of SSD is used in a two-way DF relaying structure, where error probability analysis is performed. All the aforementioned works considered SSD in traditional cooperative relaying schemes, and to the best of the authors’ knowledge, there is no previous work about SSD in cooperative CR systems
Motivation and contributions: To fill in the gap, in this paper, a novel transmission scheme, signal space cognitive cooperation (SSCC) is introduced. SSCC combines underlay CR, best-relay selection and SSD-based proactive DF relaying. In this set-up, two symbols, rather than one symbol, are transmitted in two-time slots to enhance the spectral efficiency in link level considerably. The contribution of this paper is fourfold: As the CR environment makes the system model more challenging due to the interference links, a new upper bound for the probability density function (pdf) of the end-to-end (e2e) SNR assuming both interference and maximum transmit power constraints, is introduced to simplify the error probability analysis; closed-form pdf expressions are derived assuming two power allocation methods between primary receiver and secondary network, i.e., perfect and limited channel state information (CSI); closed-form error probability expressions are derived for both approaches; asymptotic analysis for error probability is performed to depict the impact of different system parameters on the performance of the proposed system.
Ii Signal and System Model
Ii-a System Model of the Secondary Network
In this paper, a dual-hop underlay spectrum sharing DF cooperative network including of a primary receiver (PR) and secondary users111 It is important to note that the proposed scheme can be extended to various multi-user cognitive radio scenarios by using appropriate user scheduling approaches., is considered; see Fig. 1. In the secondary network, source () intends to communicate with the destination () via the direct path and the -th best () relay which is selected among set of relays i.e., . To meet the interference power constraints of the PR, the transmit power at the secondary and is set to and , where is the maximum tolerable interference power at the PR and is the total transmit power available in the network. As perfect CSI is assumed at and , channel coefficients and are modeled as complex Gaussian random variables with . Note that, primary transmitter is set to a far location from the secondary nodes and does not cause any interference on the secondary and .
Ii-B Transmission with Signal Space Cognitive Cooperation
In conventional cognitive cooperative systems, one source signal is transmitted in two-time slots due to half duplex relaying. However, by using the SSCC scheme, the number of signals that are transmitted in two-time slots can be doubled. This feature can be accomplished by rotating the original secondary source signal with a certain angle in which both the in-phase and the quadrature components of the rotated signal carry enough information to represent the original signal. To transmit the original signal components from to , both the and the cooperate to transmit different copies of the rotated signal.
Let be a pair of the signals from the ordinary constellation which are defined as and , then rotated signals can be expressed as , . Therefore, the signals that are transmitted from and can be formed by interleaving the in-phase and quadrature components of and as
where and denote the real and imaginary parts of the complex number and superscript specifies the rotated signals. The transmission from to is completed in two-time slots. In the first time slot, transmits to and with a signal power of . The received signal at the and can be written as
In the second time slot, the detects the received signal and re-transmits it to the . The received signal in the second phase can be written as
where , and are modeled as , , and , respectively. Noise samples , and are assumed to be complex additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) samples which are modeled as zero-mean and unit-variance. To detect the original signals, has to reorder the received signals as
where are the reordered signals at the destination. Then, the maximum likelihood detection is applied to detect the source signals. The detailed transmission process of the proposed scheme proceeds in Algorithm 1.
Ii-C End-to-End SNR Calculation
In this paper, proactive relaying is used in which the best relay is selected based on the max-min selection criterion as
where and . The instantaneous SNRs between and can be expressed as
According to proactive relaying, end-to-end (e2e) SNR can be written as
Iii Performance Analysis
In this section, the error probability performance of SSCC scheme is evaluated assuming perfect and limited feedback from the PR.
Iii-a SNR Statistics
The cumulative distribution function (cdf) of can be expressed as
By substituting (10) into (8) and after replacing subscripts with and , can be found. The pdf of can be obtained by taking the derivative of with respect to (w.r.t) as seen in (11) at the top of the next page. Note that, and .
Hence, by using (7), the pdf of can be obtained as
where shows the convolution operation. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, cannot be obtained in closed-form. Nevertheless, after completing extensive simulation tests by using MATLAB program, a new upper bound on the pdf of can be obtained as
The upper bound on pdf proposed above eases the analysis and leads to a precise expression that enables us to evaluate the error performance without resorting to Monte Carlo simulations.
Iii-B Average Error Probability
Average error probability is an important performance indicator in wireless communications and it can be found as
where and denote modulation coefficients . By substituting (13) into (14), average error probability can be derived. However, the result could not be obtained in closed form as the pdf of is highly complicated. To solve this problem, we assume that all secondary relays are clustered together and experiencing the same scale fading , i.e., . Moreover, to obtain a simple and tractable error probability expression, we assume that and are not power-limited terminals, i.e., then, by applying Binomial approach and with the aid of well-known software programs like MATLAB or MATHEMATICA, can be obtained as (15) at the top of the next page. Note that, denotes the generalized hypergeometric function [12, eqn. 9.1] and stands for the imaginary error function.
Iii-C Impact of Limited Feedback
In underlay CR networks, it is generally assumed that the instantaneous CSI of the interference channel or its gain, is known at the PR. Therefore, it can compute the mean-value (MV) of this gain and returns it back to the secondary source. Consequently, the adoption of the MV-power allocation can greatly minimize the feed-back burden in underlay CR networks . In the presence of MV power allocation, the transmit powers at the secondary and relay are set to and , respectively, where is the expectation operator.
Iii-D Analysis in the High SNR Regime
At high SNR, can be expressed as . By assuming , with the aid of Taylor expansion , and after omitting the small-valued terms, can be obtained as
The diversity order of the SSCC system can be found as .
Remark: As seen from the analysis, SSCC scheme achieves full diversity available in the secondary network. Moreover, data rates can be doubled as the transmission between to is completed in one time slot. Note that, like SSCC, full-duplex relaying can achieve same data rates with a loss in the overall performance due to residual self-interference , . Thereby, SSCC can be a preferable scheme for next generation wireless systems.
Iv Numerical Results
In this section, various numerical examples are provided to demonstrate the performance of SSCC. In the simulations, QPSK is considered with optimum rotation angle equal to .
Fig. 2-a depicts the error probability performance of the SSCC scheme for different number of relays when . As can be seen, the theoretical curves match with the simulations at especially medium and high SNRs, and as the total number of increases, the error performance improves substantially because of increasing number of available paths in the transmission. Moreover, purple colored dotted lines initially saturates due to the peak interference constraint.
Fig. 2-b compares perfect feedback power allocation with the limited feedback case for . The figure shows that limited feedback decreases the overall error probability performance at low and medium SNRs as only the mean-value of the feedback channel is available at the . However, there is no performance loss at high SNR regime.
In Fig. 3, maximum tolerable interference power of the primary system of the SSCC scheme is set to dB, dB, and dB. It can be observed from the figure that, increasing the number of relays do not monotonically improve the system performance. On the contrary, after a few number of relays, the error performance slowly saturates as the system performance reaches to its peak value. Thereby, selecting one of a few number of relays will lead to optimum error performance for the SSCC scheme.
In this work, a spectrally efficient transmission scheme called SSCC was introduced by combining underlay CR, best-relay selection, and SSD-based proactive DF relaying. In the analysis of the scheme, two power allocation approaches are considered at the secondary system, assuming instantaneous (perfect) and limited feedback from the primary receiver. Error probability and error asymptotic probability expressions are derived for both approaches using the proposed pdf upper bound. Results show that the SSCC scheme proposed herein can be a promising solution to improve spectral efficiency in future wireless systems.
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